>>>> There's nothing more annoying than trying to explain to people, who are
>>>> totally clueless, what I'm studying in graduate school: "So what are you
>>>> getting your master's in? - "Urban and Regional Planning." - "Uhh, what's
>>>> that?" - "City planning." - "So what do you do, like plan cities?" - "No, it's
>>>> more than that. We seek to implement changes in the in cities and
>>>> neighborhoods so that they can become better places to live and work. We
>>>> work with historic preservation, economic development, land design,
>>>> transportation, those sorts of things." - "Oh. Uhh that's nice." - "(Sigh)Yes,
>>>> we plan cities."
>>>> Most of the graduate students I know encounter the same kind of
>>>> conversation and I'm pretty sure planning professionals hear it as well.
>>>> Granted the field is not as commonly known as law or medicine, trying to
>>>> explain it is still annoying.
>>> I hear you on that one. I am a fellow graduate student and have given the
>>> same stock response as you have many times to fellow people. i am sick of
>>> saying city planning. We have to re educate the masses on this one.
>> Hello, I am a recent graduate in geology from WVU and am interested in city
>> planning. Would I have to return to undergrad to pick up more classes before
>> going to grad school. What are some good schools in this discipline? I need
>> some guidance. Please respond.
> I graduated from WVU also in Landscape Architecture (72) and then went to
> Planning Master degree at UVA. Many schools do not require courses in the field
> of planning to move through the masters program. Of course the more classes in
> the social sciences and physical sciences that you have, the better. If you were a
> physicist or a neurosurgen you would be at a disadvantage, but geology is not a
> big problem for a masters in planning. Give it a try, you'll like it.